Christopher Franklin (DMA ’99, Conducting) will join San Francisco Opera to conduct their production of Hansel und Gretel this fall. He will also conduct a recording of bel canto repertoire with tenor Petr Nekoranec and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts with tenor Juan Diego Florez in Spain. Recently, he completed a run of performances of La Traviata at Minnesota Opera, Turandot at San Francisco Opera, and Peter Grimes at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia.
Faculty artist Jeff Stern (MM ’14, Percussion) and Matt Keown (‘17, Percussion) are two of the four members of the icarus Quartet, a group of two percussionists and two pianists. The group won the Chamber Music Yellow Springs 34th Annual Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles on April 28.
Tenor Israel Lozano (GPD ’02, Opera) and mezzo-soprano Jopei Weng (MM ‘02, Voice) sang the roles of Radames and Amneris in Verdi’s Aida with The Singapore Lyric Opera in Singapore.
Shelley Jackson (BM ’07, Voice) won second prize in the 40th International Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens, Greece. Eva Marton, Renato Brunson, and Cheryl Studer were among the judges.
Faculty artist Wendel Patrick, recording arts, received an Art Works grant of $20,000 for his podcast Out of the Blocks.